Making the decision to drink and then go out on the roadway is a serious
one that can have tragic consequences whether you’re a pedestrian
or are behind the wheel of a car. The recent incidents that have happened
at one busy Maryland intersection underscore the importance of turning
over the responsibility of getting home to others after drinking alcohol.
On July 6, a 21-year-old recent college graduate decided to spend an evening
out with her sorority sisters. At roughly 3 a.m., she was attempting to
cross over US 1 when a minivan struck her. She was pronounced dead at
the scene of the crash. Law enforcement officials were able to track down
the alleged driver of the car. He was arrested and charged with
DUI, reckless endangerment and negligent auto homicide.
The area of US 1 between Knox and Hartwick roads where this incident took
place is popular with local college students because of the bars and restaurants
located there. Unfortunately, this young woman’s death marked the
third fatality involving a pedestrian on this same busy stretch of road
A 22-year-old University of Maryland student lost his life in a similar
hit-and-run accident, although he was not using the designated crosswalk
at the time. The driver turned himself in, but it is not known whether
he was charged with a crime.
A 23-year-old George Washington University student was killed in April
as he attempted to cross near that same intersection. The driver in that
incident was not charged. However, law enforcement officials believe that
his drinking was a contributing factor to the incident.
Anyone who chooses to drink and drive must be ready to accept the consequences.
As these cases demonstrate, however, the circumstances are not always
as clear-cut as they may seem. When charged with a DUI offense, the accused
should be aware of his or her rights and all of the facts of the case
so that legal counsel can ensure that the ensuing proceedings are fair and just.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Randallstown woman killed by drunken driver in College Park, police say” Catherine Rentz, Jul. 06, 2014